Review of Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley

I just finished listening to Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley. This is the third book I have read by Stanley, and I have been following his podcast for a while. It would be an understatement to say that I am a fan. He has been called the best preacher of his generation, and it shows in his books too. He knows how to deliver the one-liner! Making things memorable and easy to hook on to.
The book is ordered around five C’s, which serve as a mnemonic aid as well:
  1. Competence- Leaders do the things they are good at (what only they can do for their organization).
  2. Courage- Leaders are not afraid.
  3. Clarity- Leaders are clear about the direction (even if they have never been to the destination).
  4. Coaching- Leaders seek ‘coaches’ who help them develop as a leader.
  5. Character- Leaders have integrity. If you want to inspire loyalty, become someone worth following.

Each principle is illustrated with biblical patterns, and Stanley also peppers everything with personal examples, which add color and excitement to the book. Overall I recommend this read for any emerging reader. Long-time leaders will find it elementary, but anyone in their 20’s or early 30’s will benefit from the book. Having said that, Stanley is great at crafting the 10 dollar sentence, so if you can get your hands on the book you will find some gold nuggets regardless of how much leadership experience you have.


Full Disclaimer: I received this book as part of the reviewers’ program, which does give away free books in exchange for reviews, but I am not required to give a positive review in order to participate in this program.

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